Mix-and-Match Healthy Ingredients

Throw together a quick, good-for-you meal in a flash by combining any of these speedy ingredients.

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Photo by Marcus Nilsson

Real Simple’s food editors tried nearly 100 combinations of ingredients to come up with this deliciously versatile mix-and-match list of about 50. Keep your health bowl simple, or max out with something from every category.

Grains

  • Quinoa
  • Brown rice
  • Farro
  • Barley
  • Bulgur

 

Greens

  • Romaine
  • Red leaf lettuce
  • Arugula
  • Watercress
  • Mâche
  • Radicchio
  • Kale
  • Swiss chard
  • Purple cabbage

 

Proteins

  • Steak
  • Chicken
  • Fish (canned, smoked, or freshly cooked)
  • Cured meats
  • Beans (black, cannellini, butter, chickpeas, kidney)
  • Eggs (hard-boiled, poached, or fried)

 

Vegetables and Herbs

  • Radishes
  • Snap peas
  • Snow peas
  • Tomatoes
  • Avocados
  • Scallions
  • Herbs (dill, parsley, cilantro, tarragon)

 

Cheeses

  • Feta
  • Goat
  • Ricotta salata
  • Gruyère
  • Parmesan
  • Aged Cheddar
  • Any creamy cheese (like Camembert or Humboldt Fog)

 

Wild Cards

  • Nuts (almonds, cashews, walnuts)
  • Seeds (pumpkin, sunflower)
  • Kimchi
  • Marinated artichokes
  • Olives
  • Capers

 

Find creative ways to combine these ingredients into quick meals.